who am I?

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When we open our eyes, we don’t see “a blooming, buzzing confusion:” we see tables, chairs, computers, books, and cups. How does the mind accomplish this feat? And how do we learn what is—and what isn't—a "cup"?  To make progress on these questions, I combine primarily behavioral and computational methods in infants, children, and adults.  I take an ecological approach to these questions, e.g., analyzing what infants see in their everyday lives, quantifying changes in children's drawings of objects, and studying how adults representations of objects are shaped by our physical interactions with them.


I'm currently a postdoctoral fellow working with Michael C. Frank and the Language and Cognition Lab at Stanford University. Before moving to Stanford, I completed my Ph.D. in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University, where I worked with George Alvarez, Talia Konkle, and Susan Carey in the Harvard Vision Lab and the Laboratory for Developmental Studies.